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Nobody taught you how to build a secure partnership, and now you’re wondering if it's even possible to live with less friction.

You’re exhausted from looking for help only to feel misunderstood by those who don’t understand how your brain works.
 
Managing life is getting harder as your energy is drained by chaos on the calendar and in your home. Something needs to change.

We've got you, friend.

Partnership is a practice you can learn, and we’re eager to teach you how. We’ll spend time better understanding the nuances of doing life with someone who may or may not have a brain like yours.
 
Each session was thoughtfully designed with your greatest challenges in mind. You’ll walk away with deep insights and tangible actions to practice right away. 
 
If you’re ready to strengthen the connection and collaboration with your significant other, tuning into the ADHD Couples’ Palooza is a great step forward. The ADHD Couples’ Palooza is the first of its kind – three days of sessions focused on romantic relationships. 
 
Whether you’re currently in a relationship or hope to be, there is plenty to glean from this deep dive into partnering with neurodivergent people.
 
Join us the first weekend of December to build your toolkit and get to know others doing the work like you.

Our Sessions

35 Years as an ADHD Couple: Sue and Ned Hallowell

Edward Hallowell, M.D. & Sue Hallowell, LICSW

Sure you live with an ADHD partner, but what would it be like if your partner was also an ADHD expert like Dr. Edward Hallowell? Find out how Sue and Ned Hallowell have successfully navigated 35 years of marriage, three kids and a whole lot of information about ADHD. And it’s an ADHD x 2 marriage — Sue discovered her own ADHD later in life. Candid, good-humored and absolutely reassuring – don’t miss this session!

Sue George Hallowell, LICSW, attended the University of Virginia and Boston College. She was the Director of Inpatient Social work at Mass Mental Health Center, an Associate Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work (adjunct) for 12 years and is currently the Clinical Director for the Hallowell Center NYC.

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is a board certified child and adult psychiatrist and a world authority on ADHD. He was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 21 years. He is the founder of the Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston Metro West, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

Dr. Hallowell is a New York Times best selling author and has written more than 20 books. “Driven to Distraction, which he co-authored with Dr. John Ratey sparked a revolution in understanding ADHD. His newest podcast is called Dr. Hallowells’ Wonderful World of Different which celebrates the many differences that adorn humanity.

The Hallowells have three adult children and live in the Boston area.

Learn more about Dr. Hallowell here: https://drhallowell.com/

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TRIGGERED! How to Unhook and Clear the Air for ADHD Couples

Diane Dempster, MHSA, CPC, PCC

Join Diane Dempster, Recovering Yeller (also Educator and Leadership Coach) to discover underlying reasons that make things more tense, and what you can do to reduce your reactions, stop yelling, and become calmer and more confident!

Diane Dempster MHSA, CPC, PCC is a certified professional coach, speaker, and educator with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience. The co-Founder of ImpactParents.com, co-creator of Sanity School®, and co-author of “Parenting ADHD Now!” she provides training, coaching and support – online and on the phone — for individuals, couples, parents and educators. Diane helps adults gain new skills, increase confidence, and bring a “coach approach” to conscious management of their life and work. Diane received a Masters from the University of Michigan and coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Committed to living a balanced and joy-filled life, she lives in Atlanta with her two young adult children.

Learn more about Diane here: https://impactparents.com/

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Essential Guide to Navigating ADHD Relationships

Melissa Orlov

Many couples impacted by adult ADHD struggle in their primary relationships. Melissa will provide a lively overview of what is going on and the most effective approaches for couples wanting to start thriving again. If you want to develop a path out of your struggles, this is a great place to start.

Melissa Orlov is the founder of ADHDmarriage.com, and author of two award-winning books on the impact of ADHD in relationships – The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) and The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014). She is considered one of the foremost authorities on the topic of how ADHD impacts adult relationships. A marriage consultant, Melissa helps ADHD-affected couples from around the world re-balance their relationships and learn to thrive through her seminars, consulting and books. She also teaches marriage counselors and other professionals about effective marriage therapy for couples impacted by ADHD. Orlov blogs for Psychology Today and at www.adhdmarriage.com, where she also hosts a large community of adults learning about ADHD in relationships. She has been interviewed by many, including the New York Times, CNN, Today, and US News and World Report. You can find her at ADHDmarriage.com.

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"I'm So ANGRY!" How to Manage Intense Emotions to get the Closeness You Really Want

Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Whether you have ADHD or not, we all have those moments when the switch flips and we are overcome by frustration, anger and hurt with our partners. You both may say or do things you later regret and struggle to find the authentic love and compassion you have for each other. In this session. Dr. Sharon Saline, author, clinician, speaker and consultant, will show you how to manage intense feelings more effectively based on her 5C’s approach. She’ll teach you how to improve self-awareness and notice the signals of dysregulation, how to set clear boundaries and take pre-planned breaks to settle down, and, most importantly, how to talk about hot topics without blame and reactivity.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life and The ADHD solution card deck specializes in working with children, teens, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities, high-functioning autism, twice exceptionality and mental health issues. Her unique perspective – as a sibling in an ADHD home, combined with decades of experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant – assists her in guiding families and adults towards effective communication and closer connections. She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as understanding ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, motivation, different kinds of learners and the teen brain. Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to ADDitudemag.com and PsychologyToday.com, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work. Her writing has been featured In numerous online and print publications including The Psychotherapy Networker, Smith College Studies in Social Work, Attention Magazine, Additude Magazine, Psych Central and Inquirer.com.
Learn more at www.drsharonsaline.com.

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React or Respond: Which Will You Choose in Your ADHD Relationship?

Dulce Torres, LPC-S

This presentation is about understanding how our thoughts and emotions influence our actions towards ourselves and others. By understanding why we act in the ways that we do, we can better control those actions to achieve the outcome we want.

Before launching her full-time coaching practice, Dulce spent over 20 years as a psychotherapist, consultant, and mentor. She provides mental health services but also supervises and trains new clinicians. Fast forward to 2008, when Dulce started her journey as a trained Life Coach and specialist as an ADHD/ Executive Function Coach working with adults, couples, and parents. Dulce offers transformative coaching, consultation, and mentoring, as well as a recognized keynote speaker on Creating New Habits, Self-Emotional Regulation, and High-Performance Organizational Skills. She has served on the national board and now the North Texas chapter of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). As an active member of ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorders Assoc – Southern Region (ADDA-SR), Texas Counseling Association (TCA), and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT).

Visit Dulce’s website here:  www.avantgardecenter.com

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Gaslighting: Why ADHD Partners are More Susceptible and What to Do About it

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

Gaslighting is the deliberate behavior of someone who wants to control and manipulate another person – and it happens often in relationships. It’s especially difficult for an ADHD partner who may be swayed by overflowing attention and compliments but when the gaslighter pulls in the reins, it can be devastating. Find out why ADHD folks in particular are susceptible to gaslighting relationships and the vitally important steps to take to protect yourself. Worth your time even if you’re uncertain about whether gaslighting exists for you.

Stephanie Moulton Sarkis Ph.D. is a bestselling author and psychotherapist specializing in gaslighting, ADHD, and anxiety. She is the author of several books, including Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally Abusive People and Break Free. She is a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling with the American Mental Health Counselors Association, one of 20 in the United States with that dual designation. She is also a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and Circuit Mediator.

Dr. Sarkis is the founder of the Sarkis Institute and is a blogger for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post. She has a Ph.D., EdS, and MEd in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She is also an expert in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders. She is in private practice in Tampa, Florida.

Visit Dr. Sarkis’s website here:  http://stephaniesarkis.com/

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Why I Have Lunch with Your (Non-ADHD) Partner Every Week

Mike Fedel

Understanding the world through the eyes of the other is always challenging, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. For the last four years, I’ve been spending 90 minutes a week with (mostly) women married to (mostly) men with ADHD. It’s helped partners see what life looks like through an ADHD set of lenses. It’s also helped me see life from the other side of the street.

I’m a Midwestern guy, married with 2 kids, who grew up in and around Detroit. Over the years — and in typical ADHD fashion — I’ve been a semi-professional musician, artist, writer, and improviser, a software developer and college instructor, as well as a Dad and husband. I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2013 at the age of 57. I’m an ADDCA-trained ADHD coach and the creator of the Neurodiversity Lounge for ADHD in Virtual Reality. I facilitate several ADHD support and peer support groups, including an in-person group in Ann Arbor (started in 2013) and two men’s groups. Since 2017, I’ve also facilitated ADDA’s Non-ADHD Partner Peer Support Group. Over these last 4 years, I’ve learned from hundreds of our partners what it’s like being in a relationship with one of us. And they’ve heard what it looks like from our side of the street.

Visit Mike Fedel’s website here:  adhdcoaching.fedel.com

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Sex, Fun and Other Important Activities for Solid ADHD Relationships

Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.

Every relationship has its struggles, but the couples who struggle more need to be even better at connecting back up again. Poorly managed ADHD can burn a lot of good will for both partners, so learning to work as a team can minimize the impact. But relationships are hopefully not just about having a coworker to help with handling the boring details of life. We want someone to have fun with, to be passionate about, and to shake off the dust of the day with. And keeping it fun in bed will probably help you work better on the boring stuff, too.

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST has given more than 500 presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complicated information understandable and useful. He is the author of four books: “ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship”, “Understand Your Brain, Get More Done”, “More Attention, Less Deficit” and “Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD”. His “More Attention, Less Deficit” podcast has more than 100 episodes and almost three million downloads. He is a psychologist and sex therapist in private practice in West Chester, PA, a former board member of CHADD National, and co-chair of the CHADD conference committee.

Visit Dr. Tuckman’s website here:  adultADHDbook.com

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7 Practical Tips that Could Change Your ADHD Relationship

Victor Roggli, M.D. & Linda Roggli, PCC

After 30 years of marriage, Linda and Victor Roggli have accumulated a treasure trove of great relationship ideas. They’ll share seven of their favorites in this fast-paced session: “The Five Magic Words for ADHD Couples,” “Same Team,” “Ask, Ask, Ask,” Different Learning Styles, Different Realties” and more. Down-to-earth, time-tested ideas that might just change the trajectory of your relationship. Two Rogglis for the price of one! Join us.

Victor Roggli, M.D. is a Professor of Pathology at Duke University Medical Center where he specializes in pulmonary pathology. He has been published in more than 240 peer-reviewed articles and has contributed chapters to 40 books. He is the author of Pathology of Asbestos Associated Diseases and four other medical books.

Most importantly for the ADHD Couples’ Palooza, he celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary to Linda Roggli in 2021 and lives in Durham, NC with four dogs, 13 chickens and one non-ADHD cat.

Linda Roggli, PCC is a certified ADHD coach for women 40+ and founder of the ADDiva Network for ADHD Women and the ADHD Palooza series: Women, Parents and now Couples. Her book, Confessions of an ADDiva: midlife in the non-linear lane, won first prize for women’s issues in the Next Generation Indy Book Awards. She is an expert on later life diagnosis with particular attention to hormonal issues for ADHD adults.

Linda and Victor have worked with ADHD couples since 2012 through couples retreats and coaching. They continue to work on a book that illustrates their popular couples program, “Sailing the Seven Cs to a Great ADHD Relationship.”

Visit  ADDiva Network:  www.addiva.net

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When is Enough Enough? Navigating ADHD, Separation and Divorce

Oluwaseyi Anna Lopez

We will explore signs a relationship may need to end, how to keep your kids of all ages informed of the transitions in your marriage, and how to invite emotions into this difficult time. We will also touch on how to navigate the many tasks and responsibilities that can cause overwhelm on the ADHD brain: navigating the legal system, finances, childcare, moving, and communication with family and friends about the separation/divorce. Most separating or divorcing partners also are navigating the thought of new relationships: How do we not mess this next one up? How do we reach for healthy partners and relationships?

Anna is a newly divorced mother of two toddler boys. She currently lives in Austin, Texas and works and a psychiatric Physician Assistant (PA) and psychotherapist. She was diagnosed with ADHD in the summer of 2020 and is exploring her and her children’s likely autism diagnoses. Her mental health interests include working with peri- and postpartum women, other women’s issues, trauma and attachment issues, the LGTBQ+ community, BIPOC, neurodivergence, and first-generation American issues. Anna has an intense curiosity and drive to understand how and why people work the way they do. She incorporates a lot of somatic and experiential work into her practices because she believes that the mind and body are one, that we can only start understanding ourselves if we start living in the present and pay attention to our whole experience. She spends her free time immersed in learning more about psychiatric and mental health, being and extroverted introvert, and exploring the city with her two boys. She also enjoys naps, tea, listening to podcasts, (watching) afro dance, learning tarot, and “reading” social and psychology books.

You can visit Anna’s website here: https://linktr.ee/adhdinatx

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Take a Breath: Mindfulness Calms ADHD Couples' Arguments

Mark Bertin, M.D.

Mindfulness? ACK! Who needs it? Uh, only every single ADHD relationship, anywhere! Although it sounds esoteric and even a bit woo-woo, mindfulness really is simply the acting of paying attention to what is going on in the moment. No, this moment. No, THIS moment. And it is particularly important for ADHD couples whose conversations (and arguments) tend to wobble off-course. Dr. Mark Bertin tell us how mindfulness can be a practical tool to bring some much-needed peace and calm for ADHD couples. That’s the good news. The even better news is that mindfulness gets easier the more you practice it. Win-win! Don’t miss this not-at-all-estoteric session packed with practical suggestions.

Dr. Bertin is a developmental pediatrician and author of Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based ADHD care. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on advisory boards for both Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. His blog is available through Huffington Post, Mindful.org and Psychology Today.

Visit Dr. Bertin’s website here:  https://developmentaldoctor.com/

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ADHD Through The Lens of a Same-Sex Couple

Jenelle KARIOTIS-RICE, PH.D. & Liz Kariotis-Rice,

Relationships with one ADHD partner and one neurotypical partner usher in many complicated dynamics; throw in a same-sex couple and you’ve got yourself a whole host of new elements to consider! As two females, Liz (the ADHDer) and Jennelle (the neurotypical) find themselves both in the caretaking, working, home-making roles and in this session they discuss how they manage (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) keeping their circus and their monkeys running! While all ADHD-impacted relationships have a lot in common, Liz and Jennelle offer a unique perspective from their same-sex vantage point.
 
Dr. Jennelle Kariotis-Rice is a relationship psychologist specializing in working with female same-sex couples, divorced/remarried couples, and blended families.
 
“Dr. Jennelle” as she is known to her clients, hosts a free, private community on Facebook (the Big Change of Heart Community) a live streaming show (Big Change of Heart LIVE) and a podcast (the Big Change of Heart Podcast).
 
She is also a certified Justice of the Peace in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offers pre-and-post marital advising. She teaches part-time in the Psychology Department at Bridgewater State University. Reach her at her website or email https://www.drjennelle.com/ or

 

Liz is a licensed independent clinical social worker trained at New York University. She has worked in settings ranging from community health centers to major hospitals to outpatient addiction treatment centers to street outreach and drop-in centers for the homeless. Her practice focuses on LBGTQ+ issues, ADHD, addiction, HIV, reproductive challenges, adoption, and parenting. 
 
In 2014, she received an advanced certificate in group work from Simmons University. A year later she took a five- year sabbatical to pursue preservation carpentry and then to stay home with her children.  She returned to work as a therapist in 2020. 
 
Liz volunteers as a facilitator for a small group focusing on the 12 steps and how they can be applied to adults with ADHD. She plans to get certified as an ADHD coach in the future.
 

Liz can be contacted at [email protected]

 
 
Together, Liz (ADHD) and Jennelle (neurotypical) facilitate ADDA’s ADHD Couples’ Support Group. The couple shares life in a little slice of wooded heaven with their four children, four dogs, and two cats!
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Q&A for ADHD Couples’

Watch the replay of our panel discussion and Q&A with our guest couples: 

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Patricia and Dominic Sung
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Duane Gordon and Linda Walker
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Bex Taylor-Klaus and Alicia Sixtos
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Victor and Linda Roggli

FINALLY, someone is dedicating an entire event to supporting couples managing ADHD.

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